University life usually means having to be creative in the kitchen when you have pennies to budget with. Luckily I enjoy to cook and have found stop staple recipes that I swear by – all of which healthy and affordable. Here are some of my faves:
Although I am very different from the majority of my flatmates, one of the things we all have in common is our mutual love for porridge. This is so convenient for a student, as they are affordable, hearty and quick to prepare. Porridge is also great for experimenting with, making it difficult to get bored of. Some of my favourite ingredients to pair it with this oaty goodness are raspberries, Nutella and honey.
Luckily for me I do not have any takeaway outlets nearby to have cheat days, so I resorted to making my own “fast food”.
Ingredients: Chicken mini fillets, Breadcrumbs, Spices to taste (I use mixed herbs and paprika), Beaten Egg
Once coating the chicken in the egg and seasoned breadcrumbs fry on a medium heat for around 10-12 minutes, depending on the size of the meat. This meal is surprisingly filling, especially paired with homemade chips.
It is definitely true when people say that university makes you gain weight, the stress of transition from home life puts all hormones out of whack, making your weight fluctuate. I like to make my salad the night before so I don’t have to worry about it the next day. I usually make this using a pepper, leafy lettuce, tomatoes, croutons and salami, then season and add some olive oil. This a perfect healthy snack and highly affordable.
Sausage & Apple Bake
Easy and affordable to cook, this meal is perfect for those who want a low difficulty, hearty meal. Just add apples, sausages and any other vegetables you may have lying around (onion peppers); and add seasoning of your choice – I personally like paprika. Top it all off with a drizzle of honey to add some sweetness to the apples.
My flatmate Katie found a way to reinvent a classic pizza on a student budget. Using a tortilla as a base, apply chilli pesto as a “tomato base”, mozzarella and whatever toppings you may have lying around. Katie chose to use feta, black olives, chopped tomato and red onion. This is such a quick and easy recipe which I will definitely be stealing!
An easy way to use up spare eggs is to make a meringue. All you need is eggs and sugar, corn flour, cream and fruit if you have some, and any flavourings you want. The great thing about this is that this can last a good few days, and its scrumptious!
Are there any recipes you swear by?